Richa Chadha celebrates Pride Month with stories of kindness related to LGBTQ+ community

Through her social media initiative, The Kindry, the actress will amplify individual stories of people from the group who are working selflessly for society.

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Richa Chadha has joined the LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations this year with her new social media initiative, The Kindry, which amplifies individual stories of hope and selflessness in these tough times.

The page has featured stories like that of Kushal Roy, a young psychotherapist based out of Kolkata who runs a mental health and grief counselling helpline free of cost. Another feature celebrates a group of youngsters in Kashmir — Uzair, Junaid, and Khushi Mir, who are helping feed the trans community in Kashmir. A third story features the journey of Dr Aqsa Shaikh, the first trans-woman to head a vaccination centre in India, who is an inspiration to thousands as a medical professional, a philanthropist, and an artist. The Instagram page also will be regularly hosting live sessions this month with these everyday heroes, who inspire many simply by being themselves. Several budding musicians will also be dedicating songs to the community through these interactions.

Speaking about her initiative, Chadha said, "On The Kindry, we’re very happy to celebrate Pride Month by covering stories of heroes among the community who are helping one another out during these apocalyptic times. Their stories are not only moving but also filled with love and empathy. Last week, a queer college student from Delhi shared his coming-out story. My co-founder Krishan Jagota and I received several DMs from our followers talking about how they also felt braver to come out after watching our live session. Kindness is the need of the hour and during this time. We’re all in need of love and hope as we are still struggling to cope with losses due to the pandemic. With the help of artists, we hope to bring some virtual cheer to the lives of our everyday heroes as well."

Chadha was last seen in Subhash Kapoor's political drama Madam Chief Minister (2021).